Sunday, August 29, 2010

this weeks micro concert featured pieces written for two tuba. pretty amazing sitting in a little cloak room with two of those going. but it was interesting as a bass player, hearing composers writing for two bass instruments. it was decidedly different from the previous three weeks; two violins, two accordions and a day with mostly supercollider on a mac with trumpet. those other instruments are obviously instruments that produce mostly higher notes. higher than basses and tubas. most of the works for tuba were decidedly less dissonant than the works written for those other instruments. i wonder if the composers found it difficult, as i have, to do more challenging chordal stuff with bass. higher dissonant notes can more easily sound interesting. whereas dissonant bass notes tend to just sound bad. wont bore you non-musician types with why that is but it does seem, to our ears to be so.

highlight for me was a piece by jacob sudol. managed to do some of that low dissonance with musicality and had a nice balance between being challenging and just being pleasurable to hear. my favorite musical balancing act. actually i think that balancing act applies to art and culture writ large as well.

have a good sunday. did you know that god took this day off because he was beat after creating the universe. all-powerful but he got tuckered out. who knew.

9 comments:

Daniel Jones said...

Hey Eric,
Thought I would just say I have really enjoyed reading your posts and it is very nice to see you posting frequently again. I seem to be amazed every time at how well you stay focused on getting a point across effectively. You seem to really know how to take out the "fluff" that material is so often bombarded with. All of that "fluff" makes things confusing and puts the reader to sleep, but you always keep me listening with your posts. I think what I enjoy the most is how I can tell either you put some time into thinking about what you write or you just pop onto blogger and type it in without even proofreading. Either way, writer material, and I am not sure if you have thought about writing a book or something but from what I can tell you could pull it off. It is much easier to write things that confuses an audience, but you have mastered the technique of simple yet powerful writing in my opinion. You may think it to be no big deal, but the less "fluff" is more understanding and less confusion.

I am almost losing my point so I will shut up. Anyways, thanks for extending your thoughts to us and keep up the good writing.

Hopefully I will not join the group of "author deleters" and delete this when I wake up after having been shitfaced. Yeah just kidding.

Daniel Jones said...

Oh yeah and one more thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDUn1c4uxUE

theDuctapeUnion said...

Greetings Eric. My Google image search of album artwork for Deconstruction has resulted in my serendipitously uncovering some sort of web-page devoted to the album, where you are sited as having made some very interesting statements. Deconstruction has for some time occupied my top spot as the quintessential L.A. to S.F. soundtrack, where salty sea boogies with the arid regolith, time and space be damned. Having read your description of the album's inception and consequent genesis I am inclined to applaud your success and thank you for your contribution to my appreciation of THINGS. I can't help but reminisce the darkened air conditioned science class I would rock out in while the projector showed deep images of the cosmos and my fingers explored Red's gorgeous ringlets. Thanx

theDuctapeUnion said...

Greetings Eric. My Google image search of album artwork for Deconstruction has resulted in my serendipitously uncovering some sort of web-page devoted to the album, where you are sited as having made some very interesting statements. Deconstruction has for some time occupied my top spot as the quintessential L.A. to S.F. soundtrack, where salty sea boogies with the arid regolith, time and space be damned. Having read your description of the album's inception and consequent genesis I am inclined to applaud your success and thank you for your contribution to my appreciation of THINGS. I can't help but reminisce the darkened air conditioned science class I would rock out in while the projector showed deep images of the cosmos and my fingers explored Red's gorgeous ringlets. Thanx

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el goatbird said...

dissonant notes on higher range instruments arent all that interesting. more like annoying. bass chords rule.

el goatbird said...

challenging is code for inane and lacking real poetry. john cage? yawnnnnnnnn
beethoven? Fuck yes, more of that and louder

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amy said...

What a cool space idea for the micro concert. We have a few spaces like this that do similar events around our area on the east coast, and at my husband's art gallery he's hosted a few avant garde jazz performances. Anyway, we're in Santa Monica this week, and looking for a few offbeat art spaces just like this. What would you suggest?